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Bike scheme could be up and running for Volvo Ocean Race

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Date Published: 17-May-2011

By Denise McNamara

Galway City Council will advertise for expressions of interest to roll out a bike rental scheme next month, with plans to have it up and running in time for the Volvo Ocean Race in a year.

Transport Minister Leo Varadker indicated at the launch of National Bike Week in Eyre Square on Friday that he was in favour of extending the bike sharing scheme that is currently operating in Dublin to regional cities such as Galway in cooperation with local authorities.

“There is a provision in the programme for government for this,” he said. Galway was “exactly the type of city” where it would work extremely well, with its large student and tourist population, coupled with its compact size.

The scheme effectively operates as low-carbon public transport system, whereby people hire bicycles from various stations around the city.

The Galway Transportation Unit (GTU) is already working on plans for the scheme. In mid-June they plan to call for expressions of interest from companies which specialise in the schemes around Europe.

They will be asking for ideas on how a scheme would best operate in a city the size of Galway.

These submissions would then be examined and a proposal forwarded to the Minister in the autumn. It is hoped that funding for the scheme would be secured by early next year, with bikes available for hire across much of the city by the time thousands flock to the city for the Volvo Ocean Race next June.

JC Decaux operates the ones in Dublin and Paris, while Adshell is responsible for the scheme in Barcelona and was involved in the design of the one in Ghent, Belgium, a city similar in size and populace to Galway, according to Jim Molloy in the GTU.

“Ghent might be a good scheme for Galway to base itself on as it’s a university town and it’s very tourist-orientated, whereas the Dublin scheme is aimed at a much higher density and at the business community,” Mr Molloy explained.

“We don’t want to go the Dublin way of putting up massive advertising signs to fund it. A lot of companies have cut back on advertising so it’s not the big revenue stream it once was. We’d also look for a less intrusive scheme than in Dublin which involved digging up a lot of ground.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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